eCollector - Mar. 12, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 5 


Market Report

Collectors and Dealers Head for Baltimore This Week as Market Rolls On
Baltimore is the scene for another major show. Carson City dollars, PCGS Set Registry coins, Walkers, Buffaloes among the leaders in hot market. Finest 1914/3 nickel to be auctioned at Central States. Kingswood "Meredith" sale is a big success. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

Larry's 20s - The Number One Finest Twenty Cents, Circulation Strikes (1875-1876) Set
OK, so there are only four coins in this set. And, sure, this set's GPA is only 58.50. But, these are the elusive Twenty Cent pieces! The Twenty Cent piece is the shortest-lived coin ever issued. When in circulation, people complained that the coin looked exactly like a quarter. Sound familiar? In recent history, the Susan B. Anthony dollar faced the same rejection due to its size. The most common coin in the Circulated Strike Twenty Cent set is the 1875-S and yet only slightly more than 1,600 have been certified by PCGS in all grades! Click here to view this rare little set.

New set composites online include 1980-1989 Mint Sets and 1980-1989 Proof Sets. Also new is the Trade Dollar Chop Mark, Circulation Strikes (1873-1878). Gold Dollars, $3 Gold, and the Carson City Gold sets have been weighted. To learn more, visit the Set Registry News page for frequent updates.

Fun, educational, and sometimes controversial, the PCGS Set Registry Messageboard remains the number one informative coin forum on the Internet. Get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.

The PCGS Set RegistryTM is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions or comments please e-mail [email protected].

Building a Twenty Cents set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on 19th Century Silver Coins in Specialties. Looking for dealers with Internet sites? Click on the Internet sites link in services. Search for more than 1,000 dealers in the PCGS Authorized Dealer listings.


PCGS Now Designates "Chop Marked" Trade Dollars
Chop marks are usually found on United States Trade dollars that were minted from 1873 to 1878 and sent to the Orient for use in commerce. These coins have become an interesting subspecialty for Trade dollar collectors. PCGS is now designating chop marked Trade dollars as a separate variety and listing the coins in a set of their own for the PCGS Set Registry. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey
There are the "Classics of Classics" in the world of numismatics, such as the 1913 Liberty nickel and 1804 silver dollar. There are also some second-level classics (for want of a better term). Which one of these five is the "neatest" in its category?
  1. The 1876-CC Twenty Cent piece! Historic, rare and underpriced!
  2. The 1838-O Half Dollar! Only 20 were struck. How many can exist today?
  3. The 1894-S Dime! A classic in a popular set with a great story!
  4. The 1873-CC No Arrows Quarter! Do you want the Eliasberg coin, the Norweb piece or the James Stack example?
  5. The 1870-S Silver Dollar! Only one piece graded so far out of the 15 that are believed to have been struck.

Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next eCollector.

Results from last survey: if building an esoteric set with unlimited funds, 41% would collect Patterns. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What's a milling mark? Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.

Subscribe to the online PCGS Population ReportSM for as little as $4.95 a month! Updated weekly, get the latest census data on all coins graded by PCGS. Click here to get a free peek at the population statistics for Twenty Cents.

Our Readers Ask

Question: Your graders are very busy people and doubtless they know when they come across a very special coin. However, do they consciously know when they are breaking new ground with a 1/0 coin? Does it merit any special inspection or review when you are awarding a status to a coin that instantly transforms it into a valuable rarity?

Answer: Graders do not usually look at the Pop Report. Rarely... very rarely... they will refer to the Pop Report when considering a really big coin. I believe this is done to underscore the importance of the grading decision about to be made, reinforcing the need to be sure you're right before you pull the trigger on a biggie. The policy at PCGS however is to grade the coin and not the situation.

-- David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service

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Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention
Baltimore Convention Center
1 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD
March 13 - 16, 2003

On-site grading: PCGS will be accepting coins for on-site grading at the Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention.
  • Special Show Service -- $65 per coin valued at $1,500 or less
  • Standard Show Service -- $100 per coin
  • Other Services: Coins may be submitted to all other PCGS grading levels at the show.

Have your coins graded by PCGS and save on one-way postage! You may submit your coins at the show to all PCGS grading service levels. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show.

Baltimore Show Dates and Hours: March 14 - 16, 2003
Public schedule
  • Fri. 3/14 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 3/15 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 3/16 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information about the show, contact call 561-398-8551 or click here.

Upcoming Shows

2003 ANA National Money Show
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, NC
March 21-23

Santa Clara Coin, Stamp, and Collectibles Expo
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
April 4-6

Have your coins graded by PCGS and save on one-way postage! You may submit your coins at both shows to all PCGS grading service levels. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed back to you. (There is no show walk-thru service at either show.)

ANA Show public schedule:
  • Fri. 3/21 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 3/22 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 3/23 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Santa Clara show public schedule:
  • Fri. 4/4 - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 4/5 - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 4/6 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information about the ANA show, call 719-632-2646 or go to

For more information regarding the Santa Clara show, call 805-962-9939 or log on to

For more information about PCGS grading at the shows, call 800-447-8848.

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